Sampling day hike in the Heart Lake Geyser Basin, Summer 2017

Sampling at HLGB in one day can be rough...a 3-hr drive starting at 4am, a 7-mile hike from the trailhead to the hot springs, a couple of hours of sampling and taking measurements, then do it all in reverse to get back to Bozeman after dinner. But, I'm not complaining... it's freakin beautiful :)

 This dude gave zero you-know-whats about us being here.

This dude gave zero you-know-whats about us being here.

 Certain seasons are more colorful than others in the backcountry. We came at a good time.

Certain seasons are more colorful than others in the backcountry. We came at a good time.

 We leave our incubations in the hot spring until right when we head back to the lab so they stay at natural conditions for as long as possible. (Research conducted under Yellowstone Research Permit YELL-2017-SCI-5840)

We leave our incubations in the hot spring until right when we head back to the lab so they stay at natural conditions for as long as possible. (Research conducted under Yellowstone Research Permit YELL-2017-SCI-5840)

 Prof. Matthew Fields is one of my bosses <insert Office Space reference about multiple bosses and TPS reports>. Here he is selecting the perfect spot to find some biomass for enrichment attempts.  (Research conducted under Yellowstone Research Permit YELL-2017-SCI-5840)

Prof. Matthew Fields is one of my bosses <insert Office Space reference about multiple bosses and TPS reports>. Here he is selecting the perfect spot to find some biomass for enrichment attempts.  (Research conducted under Yellowstone Research Permit YELL-2017-SCI-5840)

 Kori Klingelsmith attempting to blend in like a true YNP tourist. I'm not judging though, bison will always be amazing.

Kori Klingelsmith attempting to blend in like a true YNP tourist. I'm not judging though, bison will always be amazing.

 This is called "paycheck pass" because you have to conquer a gnarly hill to get there and park rangers used to say the hill was how they earned their paycheck.

This is called "paycheck pass" because you have to conquer a gnarly hill to get there and park rangers used to say the hill was how they earned their paycheck.

 Our fearless research team spanning the gamut from volunteer undergraduate to tenured professor.

Our fearless research team spanning the gamut from volunteer undergraduate to tenured professor.

 This is Kori Klingelsmith and she is a rockstar undergrad scientist who works with me. She's def goin' places. Also, we cleaned up all that trash--don't worry! (Research conducted under Yellowstone Research Permit YELL-2017-SCI-5840)

This is Kori Klingelsmith and she is a rockstar undergrad scientist who works with me. She's def goin' places. Also, we cleaned up all that trash--don't worry! (Research conducted under Yellowstone Research Permit YELL-2017-SCI-5840)

 This guy again :/ (Research conducted under Yellowstone Research Permit YELL-2017-SCI-5840)

This guy again :/ (Research conducted under Yellowstone Research Permit YELL-2017-SCI-5840)